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Lundi

June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation

 

Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes

 

Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia

 

Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 

 

Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir

 

Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics

 

Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa

 

Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues

 

Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden

 

A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love

 

Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez

 

MARDI

June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan

 

Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare

 

Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community

 

MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered

 

Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord

 

Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans

 

Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils

 

Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye

 

Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights

 

Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays

 

WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more

 

Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy

 

Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow

 

Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition

 

Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis

JEUDI

June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place

 

Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders

 

Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon

 

Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 

 

Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29

 

Book Signing

TREO, 7PM

SHOT by Kathy Shorr

 

BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam

 

Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater

 

Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends

 

Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul

 

Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy

 

VENDREDI

June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions

 

Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world

 

Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act

 

Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch

 

Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones

 

Spektrum

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents

 

The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar

 

Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management

 

Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more

 

Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase

 

Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds

 

Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception

 

Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson

 

CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia

 

Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set

 

Jason Neville Band

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane

 

Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee

 

The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year

 

New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance

 

NOLA Lore: The Casket Girls



Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. For the third installment, Lloyd continues to explore the existence of the vampire with the story of the Casket Girls. 

 

 

They arrived sickly and pale faced. As they stepped off the ship, carrying casket-shaped chests that stored the few belongings in their possession, their skin reddened instantly under the New Orleans sun. Some even blistered; their first exposure to the damp heat. The Frenchmen awaiting their arrival upon the docks were taken aback by the ghastly sight before them.

 

The men began to whisper. “Filles à la cassette,” they murmured, “Vampires.” It was the first time the word had been taken seriously in New Orleans.

 

Filles à la Cassette, also known historically as the Casquette or Casket Girls, first set foot in Louisiana in 1728, initially taking up residency at the Old Ursuline Convent located on Chartres Street. The name derives from the small chests, known as casquettes, that the women brought over their clothes and belongings in to the new world. This wave of women were some of the first brought from France to Louisiana at the appeal of colonists who had settled the area. Their requests were granted by the King of France, and the women were sent with the goal of marrying settlers and populating the city of New Orleans, all expenses for the journey paid for by the Crown.  

 

Sending women in order to further the settlement of new colonies was a common practice for France, starting in the mid-17th century. Being that new colonies were comprised mostly of men — soldiers and priests, mainly  — the fairer of the sexes were used to entice men into staying in and developing new territories rather than returning to their homelands.

 

Women, ranging from ages sixteen to twenty-five, were actively recruited by the government to be sent over to inspire the men in the settlement to increase the population. One of the best and most well-known examples of this practice was the program authorized by Louis XIV commonly referred to as "King’s Daughters." The King’s Daughters was made up of over 800 women that were sent to Canada between 1663 and 1673 as brides to be with the intention of populace development. The women in this initiative were customarily supplied to the colonists by rifling through the streets of Paris or by emptying correctional houses.

 

Unlike the King’s Daughters, the Casket Girls were not pulled from the streets. These women were recruited from religiously affiliated convents and orphanages. Although the women suffered poor upbringings, because of the institutions they came from, they were almost guaranteed to be virgins — an alluring bonus for a colonist and a promising advantage for the lower class unwed women. As ordered by the King of France, the women were handpicked by the Bishop of Quebec, so it appeared as though the men of Louisiana were about to receive quite the prize. Soon after being plucked from the institutions, the women boarded a ship and made the long journey to Louisiana to be matched with a man, wed, and play their part in populating the New Orleans.

 

Unfortunately, the long journey through strange waters below ship deck was only the beginning of the hardships to befall the Filles à la Cassette. Most of the girls ended in marriages unbidden with men not of their own choosing. Many were beaten by their husbands. Those who were unable to promptly wed upon arrival turned to prostitution in order to survive in the new foreign land. It soon became obvious that the program hadn’t turned out the results originally envisioned by the rulers of the new world.

 

News of the women’s quandrary began to make its way back to France. As the situation continued to deteriorate for the Casket Girls, more and more reports flooded into their homeland at an alarming rate. Ultimately the King had heard enough of the mess created in Louisiana and ceased the efforts of the program. He ordered that all the women be returned to France immediately.

 

The girls were swiftly sent off, allegedly leaving behind their casquettes and belongings at the Ursuline Convent, at which they were originally received upon their arrival to New Orleans to await their forthcoming marriages. It is said that the nuns carried the chests up the stairs to the 3rd floor and locked the lingering chests away as they, too, had their superstitious uncertainties about the strange, pale women sent by the King.  Shortly after the stir of the Casket Girls’ withdrawal, the nuns returned to the 3rd floor where they found that the contents of the chests had gone missing. Worried that the girls had played some part in the theft, the nuns sealed off the 3rd floor to ensure that nothing would ever be able to leave or enter the floor again. With nails blessed by the Pope the nuns bolted the doors and windows deeming the floor condemned by malevolent forces ferried into the city by Filles à la Cassette. Some believe that the doors and windows of the 3rd floor still remain sealed shut to contain the dark nature that remains in the caskets the women left behind.

 

Upon the women’s hasty departure rumors, again, began to crackle amongst the locals. Only, this time, the gossips caught fire and spread throughout the city. Vampires had infiltrated the city. Some believe the women themselves were vampires. Others believe it was not clothes the women carried in their casket chests, but instead the caskets were responsible for bringing the creatures into the city. Before the women’s arrival to New Orleans, there was little to no speak of the vampires in the region. It was Filles à la Cassette who sparked the inception of the myth.

 

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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